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Opiates

The Addiction That's Killing Women Over 50

Grandparents.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.13.2016 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Americans all over the country are becoming addicted to opioids, a class of drug that is killing them in record numbers. In fact, ...

A Root-Cause Approach to the Opioid Epidemic, Part 1

Erica Benedicto | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Erica Benedicto

I love our president, his passion and I appreciate his proposal to heal the epidemic of opioid abuse, but I believe the bigger picture goes beyond treatment centers and expanding scope of practice. We need to assist our patients from the inside, the roots, only then can they truly begin to heal.

Senator Warren Was Right About Marijuana and Pain

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

I wish to support Senator Warren's encouragement of the scientific community to pursue marijuana as treatment for pain and as a means to reduce the tragic increases in deaths by opiate overdose.

Some Say This Herb Is A Solution To Opioid Addiction, But Drug Warriors Want To Ban It

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.05.2016 | Politics

America's drug war is changing. Marijuana, long demonized without evidence as one of the world's most dangerous drugs, is now legal, at least for medi...

People Prescribed Opioids Are Not Automatically 'Junkies'

Kate Mitchell | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Kate Mitchell

We are the ones suffering the most from people making light of our struggles. We are the ones being treated like addicts while our bodies attack us. We are the ones suffering. Would you say that someone living with cancer was drug seeking and looking for opiates to get high, not for pain relief? Why would that be okay to someone living with chronic pain?

Heroin Use Leaves Clues for Parents

Allyson Aabram | Posted 01.22.2016 | Parents
Allyson Aabram

Although addicts are astute at concealing their drug use and lightning-fast with explanations, with their faculties compromised they leave a trail of clues. I resent that I was oblivious to the signs because those clues had no context in my life.

Addiction Is Killing Middle-Aged White Men

Anna David | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Aging isn't, as the saying goes, for the faint of heart. But it's easiest for the most societally privileged members of our society, right? Meaning: w...

Four Programs That Help Treat Addiction

Deni Carise | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Deni Carise

The nation's drug epidemic, specifically the abuse of heroin and opiates, has earned center stage in politics and pop culture alike. The fact that we're talking about the devastating disease of addiction is welcome progress; those of us in the treatment field have been promoting awareness and de-stigmatization for years.

Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone Is Saving Lives, But Not All Police Departments Are On Board

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid the heroin epidemic, there is little disagreement over the effectiveness of naloxone, the medication that can revive opioid addicts...

How Heroin Is Hitting The Foster Care System

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

CVS To Sell Overdose Reversal Drug Without A Prescription In 12 More States

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

At CVS pharmacies in 12 states, friends and family members of people suffering from opiate addiction will now be able to get the overdose reversal dru...

3 Key Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Pop That Pill

Trupti Gokani, MD | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Trupti Gokani, MD

I still remember the day as if it were just yesterday. I was sitting in my office across from a patient who came in to see me for his intractable pain...

The Summer of Southern Naloxone Laws

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Just a couple of years ago, overdose prevention laws had never been attempted in any red state and conventional wisdom said they never could be. Now not only have advocates in red states proven those stereotypes wrong, but many Southern naloxone programs have become models for the rest of the country.

High Praise: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Save Lives

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

A new study released by the University of California-Irvine in conjunction with the RAND corporation, a non-profit global think tank, shows a correlation between states that have legalized marijuana and reduced rates of opioid addiction.

A Matter of Life and Death: It's Time to Get Proactive About Cannabis and Opiates

Amanda Reiman | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

The elephant in the room is the powerful tool we already have for preventing opiate related overdose and death by preventing opiate dependence, cannabis.

Does Naloxone Discourage People From Calling 911?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.08.2016 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

One of the sharpest criticisms against making naloxone widely available to people at risk for drug overdose is this: If people have a medicine on hand that allows them to reverse a drug overdose themselves, won't they stop calling 911?

Top 3 Highlights From the New CDC Report on Naloxone Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

This week the CDC released its long-awaited report on overdose prevention programs providing naloxone to laypersons. The detailed report, which surveyed 136 naloxone distribution programs nationwide, confirms some of what overdose prevention advocates already knew, but also holds a few surprises.

How Do We Know How Many Lives Have Been Saved With Naloxone?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

Reporting successful overdose reversals is one of the biggest challenges that naloxone distribution programs face. In many cases, an outreach worker will distribute a naloxone kits to a person at risk for opiate drug overdose, and then never see or hear from that person again.

Governor Abbott: Sign HB225 and Save Texas Lives

Joy Strickland | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Joy Strickland

Opiate overdose is the crisis that did not need to happen. Its very existence contradicts the idea that every person is redeemable and every human life is worth saving.

What Makes a Naloxone Program Successful? - Lessons from NC

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

View image | gettyimages.com Programs are popping up all over the country to distribute naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid drug overdose, to p...

Americans Gorge on Slogans: O'Kane Shows, More Than Tells

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 05.22.2016 | Books
Ximena Ortiz

The public demurs from facing reality and accepting measures that might fix the problems, based on a misplaced--and manipulated--appreciation of self-reliance and freedom, O'Kane explains and illustrates.

Opioid Treatment Programs Should Provide Naloxone to Patients

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

If an OTP patient doesn't want naloxone, no one will force them to take it. But if they do need it, bureaucracy or out-dated moral policy should not stand in the way.

Triple Threat: Beyond Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, BRI II, CIP | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, BRI II, CIP

Until the '80s, it used to be that clients coming in for treatment were typically corralled into two discrete camps: the mentally ill or the substance...

There's A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren't We Using It?

Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

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Why Doctors Should Avoid Saying 'Drug Overdose'

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Because most people who are prescribed opioids do not see themselves as being at risk for overdose, they may decline naloxone even if it is offered by a medical provider. Talking about not breathing as a possible side effect usually grabs patients' attention and will make them more open to information on naloxone.